Problems with repartitioning a HP Pavilion Laptop
bstanle at wowway.com
Sat Aug 18 00:53:39 UTC 2012
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>> That sounds good to me. One small point. Since I boot to a USB flash
>> drive, do I have to specify the haard drive (/dev/sda) and not the USB flash
>> drive? If so, how should the command be modified?
> It depends on your system, I think - some machines will call the boot
> drive /dev/sda so if you're booting off USB it might be sda and the
> hard disk sdb. However, in my experience, this is rare, and using
> GParted you'll be able to see which disk is which readily.
Thanks for all the good information. I'll let you know how it goes in a
day or two. (Windows installation is such a time consuming pain.)
As for your discussion about the location of swap space. You are
probably right when only one HD is involved. Where there are two HD's,
I found that the computer was significantly faster when the swap space
was located on one HD and the data files and Operating system were
located on the other HD. The thinking went as follows...
With the swap space, data and OS located on the same HD, the read/write
heads have to move from where the data & OS are located to where the
swap area is. With the swap space located on the other HD the
read/write heads on the primary HD stay over the data or OS. The r/w
heads on the secondary HD stay over the swap area. With modern
computers, with plenty of RAM, there is not much swapping so this effect
is probably negligible.
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